|AMERICAN CHESTNUT MALE FLOWER SPIKES|
|ELDERBERRY "BLACK LACE"|
Tuesday, 8:00 AM. 72.5 degrees, wind SW, calm. Humidity 60%. The sky is partly overcast and very hazy, almost foggy, over the water. The barometer predicts partly cloudy skies.
The young American chestnut tree on the corner of 10th and Wilson is in full bloom, the minute female flowers subtending the feathery male flowers. The flowers have a very musky, earthy smell that is quite noticeable.
The common elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, is a large shrub, quite noticeable in flower and fruit but seldom used in landscaping except for perhaps naturalizing large borders. Shown is a horticultural selection named “Black Lace,” which is very showy and unusual. Although such horticultural oddities are often very beautiful they can be hard to use in landscape design, being too bold, or even unnatural, in appearance. “Black Lace” is best used at the back of a showy perennial border or as an unusual accent plant.
I have a forestry meeting in Antigo, a small city about four hours
southeast of Bayfield so there will be no post tomorrow.